Songs Great Country Songs About Rivers & Lakes  

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There's just something about water that inspires creativity. Who doesn’t want to kick back, grab a cold one and float down a river on a lazy Saturday afternoon? Summers in the south are spent on the water, so it’s no surprise that there are so many country river songs. These are among the greatest, recorded by iconic artists including Garth Brooks, Alan Jackson, Alabama, and The Oak Ridge Boys.

Many of the country songs about rivers and lakes on this list contain the words or the name of the specific body of water in the title. But some – including modern classics like “Pontoon” by Little Big Town and “Redneck Yacht Club” by Craig Morgan – just celebrate the country lifestyle, lauding boaters who gather on bodies of water to raise a little hell and relax. If you’ve ever experienced a boat party, you know that they’re a ton of fun, and certainly song-worthy.

Kick off your boots, grab a beer and sit on the dock as you enjoy these great country songs about lakes and rivers. Vote for your favorites, and don’t forget the sunscreen.

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Fishin' in the Dark Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

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Chattahoochee Alan Jackson

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Redneck Yacht Club Craig Morgan

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Whiskey River Willie Nelson

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Pontoon Little Big Town

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Tennessee River Alabama

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The River Garth Brooks

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Big River Johnny Cash

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River of Love George Strait

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Tennessee River Run Darryl Worley

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Chuck Walter added The River Chely Wright

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Muddy Water Trace Adkins

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Down the River to Pray Alison Krauss

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Deep River Blues Doc Watson

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Gonna Take A Lot Of River The Oak Ridge Boys

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Banks of the Ohio Charley Pride

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Be the Lake Brad Paisley

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Tennessee River Hank Williams, Jr.

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Kern River Merle Haggard

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Fishin' on the Mississippi Buck Owens and His Buckaroos, Buck Owens

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Texas River Song Townes Van Zandt

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Loch Ness Monster John Carter Cash

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Paradise John Prine

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lrmawg added The River's Own Chris Knight

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Mississippi Mud Hank Williams III

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Kern River Emmylou Harris

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Lake Charles Lucinda Williams

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Sweet Afton Nickel Creek

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James River Blues Old Crow Medicine Show

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